Sister Emily Mangum is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission.

May 28, 2014

Interesting Week!

Hi Mom and Dad!

This week has been long. It was a good week, really long, but really good. It was interesting. At the beginning of the week I was still super sick. But then I started to get better, just in time to get word that one of the people we visit needed people to help her move, emergency.  So that’s what we spent the last few days doing. Just organizing and helping her pack her car and getting things all sorted into piles.  I think we have a lot of work in front of us yet.  But we love the service opportunities so it is all good!

But this morning we went hiking.  It was super hot and REALLY intense. We made it back alive :) Just barely. Then the stomach stuff came back.  I think its stress related.  I don’t know.  There are a lot of crazy things going on, I think it’s just the normal missionary stress that just adds up, with an occasional explosion of absolute crazy stress.  I think it’s just adding up but you know I’ll be alright.  Remain positive and remain happy.

Kylie is going on a mission?  Awesome! That is so exciting!

It sounds like Jess and Mom will have fun at the Beyond 5 concert and that Dad and Warren are going to have an amazing time at the soccer game. :)

The longer I spend on a mission the harder and harder it is for me to remember what is going on and what happened each week. I can’t believe that I’m 8 months in.... wow. 

We have been able to build the teaching pool back up a bit! It’s actually really exciting.  We are hoping to have a few new Baptisms soon!  We are so excited about some of our new investigators!  They are all new and we are so happy and hope they continue to progress :)

It is really interesting in missionary work. Occasionally you lose a bunch of people but within a few weeks it always seems to be that you find a bunch of new people :)

Tonight at bible study we are just doing some games :) Because this week is finals.  If Jess thinks her classes are hard.  They are nothing compared to what these poor kids go through.  Smartest place in the country, if not world, their classes are super intense.  A lot of the kids are really smart (genius parents) so they have to make the classes harder, and everyone else has to study for hours and hours a day to try and keep up. Physics is a required freshman class.  I never even took physics because the school wouldn’t let me because I wasn’t in calculus.  So we are thinking super simple and low-key tonight!  

Any fun summer plans for you guys?

Um, this week has been a bit rough, but we did have an interesting dinner with a member this week.  Did you know that to counteract the Fluoride in an entire thing of toothpaste you’re supposed to drink milk?  At least according to poison control.  Little kids make life interesting :)  Yeah, occasionally crazy things happen when we are at dinner, Like a 3 year old eating an entire jumbo thing of toothpaste.  It’s the same 3 year old that hit me in the face with a basketball.

Love you!

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